3 out of 4 stars
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This straight to the point short children's story, Toni the Superhero, written by R.D. Base and illustrated by Debbie J. Hefke, emphasizes the importance and reach of a child's imagination. It takes thoughtful and every day tasks and turns them into fun, colorful adventures, helping to not only teach a child responsibility, but to show helping other people can be fun and rewarding. Toni is a kind, relatable, and optimistic young character that not only your children are certain to love, but that you will love as well.
With the idolization of superheroes by young children everywhere, it is refreshing to see a superhero-type story that doesn't emphasize superpowers. Instead of using special power, Toni uses his kindness and imagination to be a helpful, responsible young boy, showing that even superheroes sometimes have to do chores, too. With attractive illustration, full-length on every page, and an easy to follow story, this is bound to be a bedtime staple for parents and children alike.
Toni the Superhero also makes for an excellent tool to begin teaching your child to read with its short, concise sentences on each page and the illustrations giving visual clues as to what the sentences say. This also allows for children to learn word association, easily seeing the picture of an action and hearing the word simultaneously.
The shortcoming of this otherwise charming and enjoyable book lies in the lack of context and length, showing little cause and effect. While it is certainly easy to read which has numerous benefits, it confines the book within a much younger age group, making the story potentially less appealing to older children. However, it does allow for many other books about Toni and his next adventures. Despite being best for younger children, it can be easily enjoyed for the illustration alone by anyone.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The colorfulness and attractive art, along with the teaching abilities and simplicity of this story earned it this 3 star rating. It is a lovely story for children and parents to enjoy together whether it be a bedtime story, a daytime learning experience or both. Had there been some further build to the story allowing for a wider age group or greater learning experience, it would have been a solid 4 star rating. I look forward to following along with Toni's future adventures and seeing where his imagination will take him next.
Toni the Superhero
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